Longer days and warmer weather make sticking to your fitness goals a lot easier, and summer can be the ideal time to try a new sport or activity. However, dark nights and rain are not the only things that can ruin motivation – tired muscles and pain brought on by the stresses of every day life can surface when you are least expecting it.
Whether you want to improve your overall health and wellbeing or have a specific fitness goal this summer, regular training and exercise is the key to success – and pain can be the biggest hurdle to overcome.
The most effective way to overcome pain is by taking care of and listening to your body and taking time to soothe any injuries or pain you encounter as soon as possible.
How to Prevent Pain Ruining your Fitness Goals this Summer
A key part of your fitness regime should be gentle stretching both before and after exercise. Take time to stretch the whole body as well as targeting muscles that you will use the most. It is important to be gentle! Don’t force anything or you may end up doing more damage than good.
Take Rest Days
It is important not to see rest as taking the easy route! Your body needs rest days so that it can recuperate and restore any damaged muscles as well as your energy resources. You run a higher risk of damaging something when you are tired.
However, rest doesn’t necessarily mean doing absolutely nothing. You could try a gentler form of exercise such as a brisk walk rather than a run, or you could try yoga to give your whole body a stretch. A sports massage can also be helpful to ease sore muscles.
Mix it Up
Keeping your exercise routine varied is just as good as a rest (see above!). This will give some of your key muscles a rest and also help to alleviate problems that come with over-familiarity and boredom. If you usually exercise alone, try a game of doubles tennis or an exercise class. If you’re a fan of pounding the pavements on foot, you could try a swim or a cycle instead. If you want to try a fun work out at home you could try skipping or Hula Hooping!
Listen to Your Body
It is easy to develop tunnel vision when you have a specific goal in mind like a weight loss target or an event. You may be so focused on your goal that you forget to listen to the signals that your body is sending. Damaging a muscle will stop you in your tracks for much longer than taking a few days to exercise at a gentler pace so if your body is feeling the strain, try to massage and stretch it out rather than training through the pain.
Many Kinetik customers have said that the devices in TENS Pain Relief Range have helped them massively with muscle pain. The products were especially popular with runners at the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo, where Kinetik exhibited last year.
What is TENS?
TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a method of relieving everyday pain that is both effective and drug free. The TENS Pain Reliever blocks the way that pain signals are sent to the brain and stimulates the body to produce more endorphins, which are the body’s own pain relieving chemicals. TENS works by delivering small painless electrical pulses via electrodes that are placed on your skin.
Electrodes? Is that Painful?
TENS should never cause pain. Kinetik TENS Pain Relievers have actually got two channels, each with 20 intensities so that you can choose the most comfortable setting to suit you and the area of the body you are treating. Whilst the machine is doing its work, TENS delivers a soothing massage, but, if the massage feels too much for you, simply alter the intensity.
The TENS machine can be used between workouts to help relieve pain. It can also be used as part of your daily life to help soothe aches and pains that can occur from dashing around or from sitting down for too long.
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